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Executive Leader

Coos Coalition for Young Children and Families

                A primary goal of the Coos Coalition for Young Children and Families is to promote the optimal social and emotional development for children birth through eight in Coos and the surrounding communities. Research shows that children with healthy social and emotional development are more likely to succeed in school, feel self-confident and work effectively with others (Perry, Kaufmann & Knitzer, 2007) Therefore, when families and communities support social and emotional development in children from an early age, children have a better chance of becoming successful adults and contributing members of a community.

Healthy emotional development refers to children’s ability to regulate and express emotions in socially and culturally appropriate ways to accomplish one’s goals including exploring one’s environment and learning (Campos, Mumme, Kermoina, & Campos, 1994; Center for Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning).  Importantly, children’s social and emotional development occurs within the context of family, school, community, and culture. 

The Coalition is a collaboration of Coos organizations serving children 0-8 in Coos County. The Coalition focuses on two major strategies. The first strategy  is timely screening for post-partum and maternal depression and yearly screening for child development to identify and refer for further professional assessment any concerns as early as possible to ensure that children and families receive the supports they need. The second strategy is designed to ensure that early childhood professionals working with young children understand and use evidence- based strategies that support each child’s social and emotional growth.

Research demonstrates that using evidence-based strategies can lead to improved social and emotional development for young children (Cooper, Masi, & Vick, 2009).  In this strategic plan, the terms evidence-based and research-based refer to curricula and strategies that are based on years of research examining which curricula or specific ingredients found in a curriculum (i.e., strategies) are likely to effect positive change in child outcomes. 

Coalition Members

The Coalition is comprised of diverse stakeholders that come from health- including mental health, early care and education, family support , and K – 12.   The coalition’s work provides meaningful opportunities for these organizations and  systems to establish/maintain connections and to collaborate on shared goals using a common language and common strategies. 

 

Funding

The Coalition’s work is supported primarily by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

 


The Coos Coalition for Young Children and Families is looking for a dynamic leader to work with an established Coalition of organizations focused on improving the social and emotional development of children 0-8 in Coos County. The position requires strong leadership and communication skills. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing monthly meetings of the Coalition and the work groups, insuring that the activities of the strategic plan are being carried out, collecting data and reporting outcomes, managing a budget and maintaining connections with state and national research and initiatives related to early childhood development among other duties. This position requires creativity, thoughtful planning,  a collaborative mind set and the ability to move the Coalition forward towards its stated goals.

Minimum requirements include a BA and 4 years professional experience in a leadership position. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in early childhood development or education.

Flexible hours (20-35/week), ability to work from home, salary negotiable depending on experience. Benefits available. Travel for state meetings (mileage paid) required. For more information on the Coos Coalition go to www.investincooskids.com.

Send cover letter, salary expectation and resume to cmcdowell@ne.rr.com by October 18, 2017.

Requirements:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in public health administration, community development, early childhood education, or behavioral/mental health.  Preference will be given to candidates who possess a strong background and training in Early Childhood Development/Education.

Experience:  Four years’ professional experience and progressive leadership; two years must be relevant experience in organizational development with responsibility for program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Preferred Qualifications (Personal Qualities):

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with early childhood organizations and agencies in Coös County
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse members of the public including families, professional colleagues, and agency stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge of governmental, private sector, and education systems that support Early Childhood development and education initiatives and an ability to represent the Coalition in all these settings
  • Ability to create and manage a budget
  • Organization, confidence, poise, humility, insight and humor while working with efficiency and consistency under pressures of competing priorities and deadlines
Responsibilities:
  • The Executive Leader provides coordination and other targeted leadership services on behalf of the Coös Coalition Leadership Team to advance the objectives of the Coalition’s strategic plan.  Coordination efforts are designed to achieve a collaborative, cross-organization system for optimal early childhood development (children Birth – 8 years old) in Coös County. 

    Responsibilities:

  • Schedule, create the agenda, and facilitate monthly meetings of the Coös Coalition Leadership Team
  • Prepare information and background materials, provide a summary to participants, and follow up on any action items decided at all leadership and committee meetings
  • Be the primary contact for all business related to the Coalition
  • Serve as the the primary contact for the NH Charitable Foundation – Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund and provide grantee updates, formal reports, and presentations as required
  • Leverage and write proposals to other appropriate funding sources on behalf of the Coalition
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of a logic model, strategic plan, and work plan on behalf of the CCYCF Leadership Team
  • Track progress on the CCYCF Strategic Plan and report back to the Leadership Team
  • Assist evaluation and data collection efforts for the Coalition
  • Facilitate and summarize work group meetings and projects approved by the CCYCF Leadership Team
  • Develop and monitor the Coalition budget in conjunction with the Leadership Team and submit expenses monthly
  • Provide an annual report and stakeholders letter capturing the progress and challenges encountered by the Coalition
  • Prepare and manage Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) for Coalition members
  • Represent the Coalition at statewide meetings, events, and working groups including, but not limited to, the Spark NH Community of Practice, Spark NH Data Committee, “Watch Me Grow”, and Early Learning NH
  • Research and disseminate findings of current national and state-level early childhood research, programs, and initiatives to the Leadership Team
  • Challenge the Leadership Team to create and coherently communicate a clear message to the public about the Coalition and its work locally and at the state level
How to Apply:

Send cover letter, salary expectation and resume to cmcdowell@ne.rr.com by October 18, 2017.

Job Location:

Coos County

Date Added: September 18, 2017

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